Of the countries Vision Beyond Borders serves, this country is the most religiously oppressive. Persecution of Christians has risen over the years and we continue to see believers attacked and even killed for their faith. Despite the trials believers face, the church is remaining strong and living out their faith boldly. “To be a Christian in [this country] is a big sacrifice and it’s a decision they make with their life,” our contact says. “To sacrifice every day, you don’t know what is going to happen. But [believers are] bold in their witness.” Kazeem* is one of the many people who were changed by God’s Word. Several years ago, he left Islam and became a Christian. He had to leave his home, his wife and children because they rejected him. Yet, today, Kazeem is thriving. He is sharing the Truth of Jesus all around the country and even helps distribute Bibles! His work is changing hundreds of lives. How? Bibles are very expensive in this country. Our contact says a Bible can cost around 600 rupees, which is about a tenth of a pastor’s income.
In America, if someone made $3,000 a month, that would be similar to paying $300 for a Bible. Because of the price, “there’s so many Christians that don’t even own a Bible in their own home and so they have no idea what it means to be a Christian.” However, Vision Beyond Borders has a chance to equip and encourage believers like Kazeem. At only $6 per Bible, we hope to deliver 10,000 Urdu Bibles. We have the passion and drive to see a revival throughout this country, but together, we need to raise $60,000 by December 31st. While it’s a tight time constraint, this country is in a state of change. Recently, an interim Prime Minister was inaugurated. We are praying he will begin to change religious restrictions and that these Bibles will help to strengthen and embolden the Christian faith in the nation.
We invite you to join us in this opportunity. Help Christians to be bold in their faith by giving Bibles today!
*name changed for security purposes
Location: Muslim Country in South Asia
Goal: $60,0 00 for 10,000 Urdu Bibles
Deadline: December 31st